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Salt Lake City Airport

Thu Mar 24, 2005 11:02 am

I will be connecting in SLC (DL-DL) with
approx 1 1/2 hours between the flights.
Can anyone recommend any decent places
to eat in the DL concourses, maybe with
view? I will be there around dinner time.
any ideas? anything to see at the airport?
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Thu Mar 24, 2005 11:37 am

I'm not from SLC, but I was just in the airport earlier this month as I was going to Park City for some skiing. I actually couldn't believe that airport was in the condition it was in for the olympics. The security line was into the Parking Garage. NO JOKE!!! And baggage claim was right next to TSA bag screening and people where everywhere. However, you aren't exiting, just transferring...

But back to your question as far as food...I noticed a CPK (California Pizza Kitchen) They have great special pizza's. Also there is a Deli, Dick Clark's Grill, and a Wall Street Deli that I noticed. I'd say since you have the time go for some CPK as we have one in the local mall it is great. As far as location the SLC airport page has some info. http://www.slcairport.com/13.asp

Views....none I noticed, but I'm not a local. If you could leave the airport and tee off on the moon looking golf course at the south end of the airport that might give you a view.
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Thu Mar 24, 2005 11:45 am

There is actually a nice deli as you start to go down the D concourse.....right beside the cinnabon i believe....they make great sanwiches...great bread etc...there are some nice views of the Wasach as you leave SLC....

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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Thu Mar 24, 2005 12:08 pm

there is Starbucks always at SLC, and if you work for DL, go say hi to JR for me
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Thu Mar 24, 2005 12:18 pm

I would head to Squatter's. Great food, microbrews of their own make, and it's fairly centrally located being in Concourse C next to Gate C3. Been there many times. (Don't know where you'll be coming in and out of, but all the piers are linked.)

I usually head there because I can go to CPK or BK or Starbuck's anywhere ... this is a local establishment.

The link below will take you to SLC's restaurant page with maps to where everything is in the terminal:


They also have an airport art collection with great photography. You can check out what that's all about by clicking on the Airport Guide link on the left side of the page I've linked above.

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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Thu Mar 24, 2005 11:42 pm

I would also have to recommend squatters, and ask if they still have their "Jesus Rides a Riksha" brew. Kinda like Guinness, only a bit lighter in color. Other than that, the CPK is great too, but again, a bunch of airports have them in. You may also try Granato's deli in Terminal 1, at the bottom of the escalators. And some of the best views are had from gates B5-13. The deli at the bottom of the escalators in the B Concourse has the ultimate "ramp rat" view of United ops, or TWA way back when. I used to got there first thing in the morning to snap photos of the sunrise over the MD-80's and 727s. Now it's relegated to little CRJ's in UA Express and 737/A320's. Aircraft taxi by this spot frequently so, you may catch more action there.
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Fri Mar 25, 2005 3:31 am

I have to suggest Squatters for food too. Just because it is a local joint and not a chain restaurant you can find anywhere. But Dick Clark's, CPK, and Granato's are good places too. As far a place with a view, there is a bunch of tables and chairs located between B and C concourse which offers good views of the concourses and taxiways. Lots of people bring their food there because it is more quiet. But if you want runway views, the United gates on B concourse offer the best views of landing/departing traffic on runway 34R. And if you have the time, the top of the parking garage is always a good place to watch planes.

Security lines aren't too bad anymore. Mostly just morning traffic.
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Fri Mar 25, 2005 5:00 am

Jkudall, yeah maybe it was morning traffic, I had a 10:30 flight and around 9:15 the line was bad.(But when arriving the week earlier around 1pm it look fairly long) This was March 11th, so two weeks ago. So when you say aren't too bad anymore....unless you mean change within the past 2 weeks I don't think much has changed since I've been there. I will however say the line moved and it only took about 15mins to get through. I've traveled a lot and that isn't all that bad.

My thoughts weren't the wait, more just the fact there isn't the room to handle that many passengers and for the line to actually be though the automatic door into the parking garage. Plenty of check-points just not enough queuing area.
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Fri Mar 25, 2005 5:15 am


Sorry, I misunderstood your post (I didn't read it carefully enough). Originally, I thought you were commenting on how the lines were during the Olympics. Now I see what you mean.

No things haven't changed in the last two weeks. Yes the lines in the morning (6:30ish to 10:00ish) are pretty long. But usually it isn't too bad for the rest of the day. Now that Delta has "de-banked" the SLC hub, it will probably alleviate the morning rush a little bit and just have a steady flow going through the checkpoint.

Next time you have a morning flight (before 10:00 am) out of SLC, go through the International Terminal security line, it's shorter.
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Fri Mar 25, 2005 5:35 am

Quoting Jkudall (Reply 6):
I have to suggest Squatters for food too

I have eaten there several times. Very good food. I would also recommend it
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Fri Mar 25, 2005 10:21 am

Can anyone give a reasonable answer why SLC airport is the only major metro airport in the country (that I know of and I have been to just about all the top 40 metro area airports) that does not have an express line?! They do not in Terminal 1 and I'm think they don't in Terminal 2 either. Thru a 3rd party I heard their reasoning being: they (Airport Management) think they don't need it since they claim that the longest wait is 15 minutes. Even if that is true (and I don't believe it) it does not give either a good impression to out of towners or give peace of mind to someone unfamiliar with the airport and sees a line that stretches 300 to 400 feet (counting the line thru the ropes). Come on SLC! Give an express line for FF's, local employees First Class psgrs.
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Fri Mar 25, 2005 11:34 am

I'm pretty sure there was a T2 express line. Also the peace of mind of a line through the ropes at SLC, there weren't really ropes just more of a long straight line.

I will take the tip and next time go through the International Terminal to avoid the line. However, I just want to say even though it may seem as I'm bashing the airport I am not. It was more of a surprise with the security thing and once inside it was wide and spacious. It's a nice older style terminal and I look forward to going back when I head out for some more skiing. (I wish this week as the snow is back)
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Sat Mar 26, 2005 2:31 am

There is a seperate "express lane" in terminal two for Medallion/Elite passengers and First Class passengers. There is also one in terminal one and the Int'l terminal.
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Sat Mar 26, 2005 6:57 am

Squatters is nice but "Dick Clark's" has some nice healthy portions of anything you would find in a diner. Pretty cool.
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Sun Mar 27, 2005 1:40 am

I work in terminal 1 for one of the carriers at the counter, unless they've added it on my last 2 days off there is no express line in term 1
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Sun Mar 27, 2005 3:40 am

You're right wobbles. I hardly ever walk through terminal one. The extra lane I was thinking about in terminal one is actually the employee line. T2 does have the first class line though.
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Sun Mar 27, 2005 2:03 pm


You and I may have been in Utah that same week. Skiing is always good out there, even though it was sunny and in the 40's the entire time I was there (sure all the snow comes after I was there)

I'll back up Neil's comments on security in Terminal 1. When I arrived, around 2pm terminal was completely dead. There was no one in line for security and we were the only arriving flight. When I left, it was around 5pm and the security checkpoint was a madhouse. The line when out the the escalotors and blended into the huge mass of people waiting for arriving passengers. It was very chaotic to say the least. Somehow I think it had to do with some people bring the entire extended family out to the airport to meet an arriving passenger. No joke, I think there was about 10 people waiting to greet for every arriving passenger.
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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Sun Mar 27, 2005 3:02 pm

What you saw was the Mormon tradition of greeting missionaries who are coming "home" from their two year mission away from their families. I could get on a soapbox, but this isn't the right forum....

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RE: Salt Lake City Airport

Sun Mar 27, 2005 3:45 pm

I was there eight (ish) hours ago flying SLC-MSP-SYR. Nice airport, wish NW had a club but I understand why they dont. I don't expect a Changi/DTW but not bad by any means. Nice views of the ramp, though I wish the food court in T1 was closer to the gates, its almost out of security. -Matt in KITH

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